19 days in Hawaii Itinerary

19 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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19 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18 h
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 9 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, then enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, then kick back and relax at Shipwreck Beach, and finally take a stroll around Līhuʻe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lihue travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Lihue is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Lihue, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Poipu, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

4
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Family-friendly places like Ka'anapali Beach and Maui Ocean Center will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina (Pakaloha Bikinis, Glass Mango, & more). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and relax in the rural setting at Maui Tropical Plantation.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kihei tour planner.

Getting from Lihue to Kihei by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kihei are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailuku, Haleakala Crater
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Kids will enjoy Swim with Dolphins and Kahaluu Beach. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Kohala Coast). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ahuena Heiau, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Kihei to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kahaluu Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Mauna Kea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

9
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Waikiki Beach and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie), Dole Plantation (in Wahiawa), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park, and browse the exhibits of Iolani Palace.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Honolulu online itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Oahu, Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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